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Krishna G. Ramachandran

Vice President, Health Transformation & Provider Adoption, Blue Shield of California

Krishna G. Ramachandran is senior vice president of Health Transformation and Provider Adoption at Blue Shield of California. In this role, he is responsible for leading partnerships and innovations to improve healthcare quality for Blue Shield’s 4.8 million members, bring tools and support that benefit providers, and promote health equity and healthier communities throughout California.

Previously, Ramachandran served as divisional senior vice president of Health Care Delivery at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois where he led contracting, collaborating with providers in Illinois to improve health outcomes, reduce costs, and enhance the quality of care. Prior to that, he led the Network Solutions team for Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC), which operates the Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans in Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Ramachandran is passionate about collaboration, innovation, and use of technology, analytics, and incentives to improve patient access, outcomes, and to reduce cost of care. He served as chief administrative officer, chief information and transformation officer, and executive director of value-driven health care at DuPage Medical Group (now Duly Health and Care) and its subsidiary managed services organization. He also served as director of technical services of Epic Systems Corporation, a leading provider of health care software, working with health systems across the nation.

Ramachandran holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science (India); a Master of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago; and an Executive MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Ramachandran is also an instructor and scientific advisor in The University of Chicago’s Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics program. He is also a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow since 2020 and was honored as Crain’s Chicago Business Notable LGBTQ Executives (2021) and 40 Under 40 (2017).

In his free time, Krishna volunteers on the board for nonprofit organizations like the LGBTQ+ Center on Halsted and Mercy Housing Lakefront, advises start-up companies, and enjoys traveling to new countries.